Monday, 20 October 2008

A fun week

This past Tuesday we had the opportunity to have a mini Banchory reunion. Two families from Scotland and two families who previously lived there but now live in the Houston area all came over and had dinner and a great time visiting with each other. We had fifteen kids in the house plus the adults and it all went smoothly! It did make us a little homesick for Scotland.

Wednesday was our family small group. In comparison, the child count seemed small, though actually not really. We currently have three families besides our own coming and hopefully another will be joining us as well.

On Saturday we (finally) had a birthday party for Aidan. We had a good turnout to his Greek mythology themed party. The obvious highlight was the trip across the river Styx (our pond) with Charon (Alex in costume). Each of the boys was a hero in armor (life vest) and after paying the ferryman with a penny, each had to bring back water from the fountain of life (ok, not Greek mythology, but they didn't care) to be able to return to the land of the living. They all got wet and some got soaked- hence it was a hit. The weather was perfect; couldn't have asked for better.
Today was the Cub scout pack meeting. It was a halloween carnival with games, candy and the kids dressed up. Aidan decided not to dress up and was the only one in uniform- so he rather stood out.

For all the Colliers,

Saturday, 11 October 2008

Hook 'em!

I was really tired today, but I couldn't sleep during the Longhorn\Sooner game. It was an incredible game; both teams played very well, but the Horns came out on top! 45-35

We're thrilled; Oklahoma are big rivals and they were ranked #1. We're currently ranked #5, so we'll move up at least one.

(Background: American college football. The Longhorns are our university's team; they wear burnt orange, hence the banner color for our blog)

Go Horns!


Monday, 6 October 2008

Well, we've had power now for a little over a week and last Thursday we got word that we didn't have to boil our water anymore to be sure it was safe to drink. Our extended deck with pergola is now complete (except for 2 of the fans that Tartan is going to put in himself) and we're very pleased with it.

It's really pretty at night, but I haven't tried to take a picture of that yet.

Life is pretty much back on schedule now. We're still waiting for AT&T to finish installing TV and internet. There were some issues with signal degradation and we're not sure whether they've been able to fully address that or not. Hopefully we'll find out soon and the answer will be "yes".

Sometime in the near future I'm going to have to take my Sequoia into the shop for what will hopefully be only cosmetic work. I was taking the kids to AWANA two Sundays ago and a teenager who wasn't paying as much attention as he should have changed lanes not realising I was already there. No one hurt, his car had been stopped before he started to change lanes, and I was traveling fairly slowly. We're thankful that he did the right thing and described the incident truthfully to his insurance company.

We are looking forward to seeing some more friends from Scotland! I hope they have as an enjoyable time as the Richardsons so even more of our friends will come to visit.

According to the little ticker attached to all my outgoing e-mail, I now have 100 days to go before baby girl 6's due date. That's how long we have to figure out a name. I hope it's long enough. :)

Trusting in Jesus,
Naomi for the Colliers